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  Wednesday, 02 April 2014
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After too many losses to bears, I put a new hive upstairs in the barn - it has made it through the winter, though I don't know yet how strong they are. Does anyone else have experience keeping a hive in a barn? There's good cross ventilation…I like the convenience of staying close to the hive in bad weather, it seems to have the advantage of no wind or snow piling up - but am I missing something I need to know? I'd love some advice! Libby
7 years ago
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#821
Yes! bees are in a south facing wall with a window , an open door and good cross ventilation - so far, so good!!! Any other ideas or learnings, please pass along!!!
7 years ago
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#820
We mentored a friend who kept his on the second floor of his barn in bear country. The bear never got his hives and they seemed to thrive in the sunshine (he kept a door open for them). If you have the ability for them to get sun on them, they will be healthier and less testy. Give it a try and let us know how it goes!
7 years ago
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#819
Oh this is so much fun! What great pics, Anne - my set-up in the barn is simple - the south facing wall now has a slit for the bees to fly in and out plus a little landing pad. The downside as far as I can see it so far is carrying stuff up and down the stairs. To date the bear hasn't found the stairs…. From Anne's photos of the bee house it looks like it would be hard to get access through the front of the hive as those hives look pushed right up to the wall…..mine is set back a bit so I can get some sort of peek onto the bottom board. Actually, I think I'll pull it back a bit further, perhaps a good 2-3 feet from the wall. I also like having plenty of space around the hive to place things. Wouldn't it be fun to to share more ideas and learnings. Thanks!!!!
I love these! (maybe as an addition to chickencoop/greenhouse wall-?)
I was thinking of just moving the hives to a winter location, but having them housed in one of these
would be a better long term solution!
7 years ago
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#817
Anne I don't know anyone who has built one , but it doesn't look like it would be too difficult. I worked with my son building houses for several years. He may be interested in a project like that.
Anne I'm editing this reply because after I read the original it appeared to me as if I was promoting my own agenda. I'm not. I'm sure one of these houses are something you would like to build yourself but although the materials are not inexpensive it would not be too difficult to plan and build.
7 years ago
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#816
I have been looking for plans for the bee house as it would be great to build at my house ..if anyone knows anyone who has built one and knows where i can get plans,please let me know!
7 years ago
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#815
I wish I had a barn to do this. Many moons ago I housed a swarm in my barn and miss it very much. The swarm was kept next to a south facing wall and required very little winter preparation, and they always did well. I noticed Annes reply and it has stirred my interest also.( love the attachments). With the bear problems I've had This would fit the bill perfectly. Thank you both.
7 years ago
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#814
I have never done it but many countries in Europe use hive houses….this has always made so much sense for me as can work on them inside and the exits are to the outside…some of the folk art painting on the eastern european ones are quite nice but I am not an artist..let me know how it works out as I could do this along the side of my garage. Anne
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